New Delhi: A woman judge on Monday alleged that her cab driver tried to abduct her while driving her to court, triggering the intervention of the Delhi high court, which has communicated its concern over safety of judges to the government.
Speaking to TOI, registrar general Dinesh Kumar Sharma said the incident occurred when the woman judge was going from central Delhi to Karkardooma court. As the driver changed the route, the judge noticed she was being taken somewhere else and immediately called police.
An FIR was lodged at Ghazipur police station and the vehicle was intercepted near Ghazipur. The driver, Rajeev, was arrested. Police said the accused, a resident of Shahdara in northeast Delhi, will be produced in court on Tuesday morning.
In her complaint, the judge said that the driver diverted the vehicle towards Hapur in Uttar Pradesh instead of going to the Karkardooma court in east Delhi after he picked her from her residence in the morning.
Sources said the cab is attached to Makhija Travels, which is also under the scanner. Officers are checking whether a police verification was done on the driver.
High court sources said that after being informed of the incident, Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal conveyed her “grave concerns” over the safety and security of women judicial officers of subordinate judiciary to the Delhi government’s law department.
She is learnt to have stressed on the need to provide separate cars to judges whose security is “paramount” and indicated that the government should take steps to ensure such incidents don’t occur again.
Currently, majority of the subordinate judiciary judges are provided taxis by the government. These cabs are used on pool basis as judges living nearby utilise the same vehicle common routes.
According to sources at around 10am, the cab crossed Yamuna and the driver — instead of taking a turn towards Mayur Vihar as per his route — went straight. The judge panicked and shouted at the driver but he was allegedly unfazed, she said in her complaint.
As the driver kept driving towards UP, the judge made a PCR call. She also informed one of her colleagues about the issue. After driving for a few kilometres, the driver suddenly took a U-turn and began driving towards Delhi.
Meanwhile, after receiving the call police started tracking the movement of the cab via the judge’s mobile phone.
The cab was intercepted near the Ghazipur toll plaza and the judge was rescued safely. The driver was detained and taken to police station. He claimed that he had missed the left turn to Mayur Vihar and drove straight but could not find a left turn. He said that he panicked when the judge called police and immediately took the U-turn near Indirapuram.
However, police registered an abduction case and are probing Rajeev’s antecedents.